green dress, Ralph Lauren, $134, at Macy's;
leopard print coat, Bettie Page, $170, at Bettie
Page; black tote, Lauren Merkin, $425, at Peter
Kate; vintage, horsehair-brimmed fascinator, $180,
at Vows Timeless Bridal Millinery; Voy necklace,
$410, Vesuve ring, $310, Oceanic earrings, $95,
all Swarovski at Swarovski.
ó This holiday seasonís attire is flush with plush
navies, inky blacks, and foresty greens, making for a
very merry monochromatic time.
are pure. Whites are wintry.
shimmer? Well, thatís everywhere.
have a ton of glitzy, luxe fabrics," said Melibea
Sarant, manager of Bettie Page Clothing, a Philadelphia
boutique that sells modern-day versions of pinup-style
frocks. "There is a lot of velvet in deep blues and
pretty greens and everything has shimmer, even if itís
just a hint."
multitude of saturated and sparkling ensembles is a
sumptuous end to a year that began with a burst of bold
primaries and flowed into a lacey spring. Fall was full
of fabric blocking ó as in heather-gray wool sweaters
trimmed in autumnal shaded leathers with a little
herringbone check for good measure.
as we transition into yuletide, these monochromatic
dresses and trousers create a lean silhouette. Can you
think of a better gift from the fashion gods during this
decadent time of year?
not cutting your body in a funny place, so wearing just
one color makes you look taller and slimmer," said
Ann Gitter, owner of Chestnut Streetís Knit Wit.
"But you need some shimmer, even if itís just a
handbag. Without it, you will look pretty boring."
donít stop at twinkle.
solid green sheath you plan to wear to the company
cocktail party will absolutely pop with a belted animal
print coat or cloak.
your strapless plaid mini paired with all things black
leather is a perfect way to add rocker-chic zing. (Must
have the fingerless gloves.)
deep hues not only create the illusion of a not-so-bumpy
bod ó single shades plus luscious textures also give
this holidayís throwback silhouettes a current look.
example, the curve-hugging mermaid-style gown we
associate with a 1950s Marilyn Monroe gets a 2013
Pinterest-worthy twist in shades of blue velvet,
courtesy of Bettie Page. Think life-size Christmas tree
call this the wiggle dress," Sarant said. The
millennial version of this gown, she said, has lots of
spandex and is available in sizes XS to 4XL.
can get this dress short or long," Sarant said.
"Itís always in style."
old-school look popular this holiday is the
fit-and-flare. This dress came very casual and
skater-chic in fall. As we ease into the colder months,
this styleís hem lengthens. For a more exaggerated
look, add a crinoline.
extra garment makes the waist look really tiny, so that
when the skirts flare out, there is a perfect
hourglass," Sarant said.
adding crinoline to my Christmas list.
pants are more your sartorial speed, Gitter suggests
going 1960s beatnik-style skinny. (Note: Gitter said
stylistas also are liking the slightly belled boot cut.
You can never have enough í70s influences.)
topped with a white shirt and jeweled vest are
cocktail-party ready. Add a sweater in a deep jewel tone
ó try emerald green ó and you have a cozy
as much about how you put it together as it is about the
sparkle," said Gitter. If the vest is too flashy
for your familyís taste, Gitter said, bring in shine
with a belt, handbag, or ballet flats.
if your gym routine ó or your genes ó are flawless
do we suggest you go festive in a 1990s mid-thigh mini.
By the way, black will be the new black this New Yearís
this tiny pencil shape fits you, then itís a home
run," Gitter said.
plan to approach my holiday fashion the same way I will
my shopping: subtly lean but thoughtfully lush.